Today I want to talk a little bit about Harry Potter – or, more accurately, about the Sorting Hat.
Anyone that’s a Harry Potter fan knows their house. That’s a given. Mine’s changed since I was eleven; when I was younger I thought I was Ravenclaw. Getting older, however, my views have shifted and I realised something – I am most definitely a Slytherin.
Now, I’m a fairly creative person, I love reading and writing, and academically I’ve always done pretty well – all of these are apparently ‘Ravenclaw’ traits. Any quiz that I do (besides Pottermore) takes these traits and immediately sorts me into Ravenclaw.
What these quizzes fail to take into account is this: I work hard because I want to succeed. I charm my way into people’s good books so that when I need to slack a little bit due to mental health or sheer exhaustion, they don’t tend to mind.
Yes, of course I love learning. That’s a huge part of me and how I interact with the world.
However, what most Sorting Hat quizzes fail to take into consideration is this: what’s the motivation behind their answer?? Almost every quiz I’ve seen paints Slytherin as selfish and manipulative (not saying I’m not both of those things at times!) when deep down, we’re just ambitious.
I know this has mostly turned into a rant about being a Slytherin, but my main point still stands: sometimes the Sorting Hat is wrong.
Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear other people’s sorting stories and tirades!!